The NHS: how £5.4bn = £0.6bn

by Stephen Tall on March 9, 2006

A sobering analysis from Reform today notes how the £5.4 billion of extra tax-payers’ money being poured into the NHS next year, 2006-07, will dwindle to £0.6bn available to spend on patient care.

£3.8bn (70%) of it will be swallowed by inflation, while a further £1bn (19%) will be needed to plug this year’s anticipated NHS deficit. Which means just 11% of that whacking great increase will be spent on front-line services.

Mind, all that seems a picnic compared with the £7bn deficit they are predicting for 2010.